“It has absolutely proved indispensable for any beach response,” Lucey said.
Even without leaving its garage, the new Argo has proved invaluable to the town as it helped cement the police department’s recent acceptance into the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council. NEMLEC is a 54-member consortium of law enforcement agencies which pool its resources to tackle major operations. Membership means Newbury will have access to a wide range of equipment and personnel, including SWAT teams, school threat assessment squads, motorcycle programs and other assets.
While the new Argo features flashing blue lights and could be mistaken for a police vehicle, the vehicle is under the control of the town’s Emergency Management Agency directed by police Chief Michael Reilly. Two police officers, a firefighter and an emergency management employee are the only four authorized to operate the vehicle.
However, the vehicle is easy enough for anyone to operate, as long as they stick to a paved parking lot, Lucey added.